A dangerous turtle was found outside the Circeo National Park south of Rome, the ANSA news agency reported on Saturday.
The 70cm-long snapping turtle is on Italy's list of dangerous animals, the agency said.
Its bite can be very nasty for adults and especially children.
Rangers said they thought the turtle was probably bought as a pet and then abandoned by the family "when they realized the true nature of the animal."
MOSCOW, August 28 (RIA Novosti)